Israeli Foundation Awards Prize to Belgians, British

JERUSALEM - Israel's Wolf Foundation announced Monday that its 2004 arts and science prize would go to two physicists from Belgium and another from Britain, while an American biochemist is to receive special recognition.

A statement from the foundation said that the annual $100,000 prize would be shared by Francois Eglert and U.S.-born Robert Brout of the University Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels and Peter W. Higgs of Edinburgh University.

An international jury selected them for their work with subatomic particles, the statement said.

Harry B. Gray, of the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, is to receive a special $100,000 award for his work in bioinorganic chemistry.

The Wolf Foundation was set up in 1978 by Ricardo Wolf, who was Cuba's ambassador to Israel from 1961 until diplomatic ties were severed in 1973. Wolf, a German Jew who had immigrated to Cuba in the early 1900s, stayed on in Israel until his death in 1981.

The prize rotates each year among different scientific and artistic disciplines, this year the subject was physics. The awards ceremony will take place in Jerusalem on May 9, the foundation said.